A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About Hope

Hope is definitely a vital thread that contributes to the wardrobe of God’s people all throughout history even though is may not always be seen, but then again there are times in the scriptures where hope by far makes up the largest material percentage on the clothing tag. One such place is Job 19:25-27 which says:

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

The only thing that Job had to hold on to was hope. It’s just as true to also say that the only thing holding on to Job was hope. Job’s situation was unique to him, but Job’s situation is also shared by all people who have hope in God. Our body will fade, our mind may grow feeble, our soul may falter. A Redeemer of body, mind and soul. That’s what Job needed, that’s what we need – that’s what we will all get in Jesus. That’s hope, and it’s wonderful.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)

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Jesus, Savior and Redeemer

Some of the members of Grand Blanc Church of Christ and I have been engaged in a study of the Major Prophets since the fall of 2010, beginning with the book of Isaiah. We are studying the 42nd and 43rd chapters and I noticed something.

Jesus is “savior” and is denoted as such in Isaiah 43:3. His name means exactly that.

Jesus is “redeemer.” Just as Boaz plucked off his sandal in token of redemption of Ruth and Naomi, Jesus allowed his life to be plucked from him, along with his blood, in redemption of us.

Jesus is the servant identified in Isaiah 42, and is the one in verse 7 who will “bring prisoners from the prison” of sin.

How much more should we love him who first loved us? He is our near-kinsman, for he is the only one who could redeem us from our sin.

After reflecting on this, I read with new appreciation: “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them,” (Isaiah 42:16 NKJV).

God be praised, for he has saved us, redeemed us, and led us to understand and walk in ways we have not known.

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